Review on January 19, 2010
Millions are increasingly using dietary supplements and natural supplements such as gingko biloba to treat medical conditions. The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and particularly in the last decade the natural herb industry is beginning to challenge its dominance. American customers purchased in excess of $40 dollars worth of natural herbs, gingko biloba amongst them. Such wide use has meant that many herbs including gingko biloba have been under a vast amount of press scrutiny in recent years. Such scrutiny has meant that a great deal of testing is continually carried to make sure not only that natural herbs curative properties are fact, but in understanding their side effects. As many of these herbs; including gingko biloba are phytoestrogens and carry with them varying side effects.
Ginkgo biloba assists menopausal women in a variety of ways. Ginkgo biloba enhances blood circulation to the brain and other major organs. Due to menopause, low levels of estrogen add to troubles such as forgetfulness and bad memory performance. Improved blood flow is of benefit for menopausal women suffering from cold hands and feet due to poor blood circulation. Ginkgo biloba is also capable of restoring blood flow and aiding circulatory diseases
Menopausal women can also benefit from the increase in strength and energy levels that arise from taking ginkgo biloba. Because it is an antioxidant, ginkgo helps to lessen the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are reactive particles that can cause damaging effects for organs and tissues, cause premature aging, and can lead to deadly conditions such as cancer, strokes, and Alzheimer's. Because it can lessen the number of free radicals, ginkgo enhances blood flow and eases circulatory disorders which are often problematic for women going through menopause. Ginkgo biloba also benefits menopausal women by increasing the level of estrogen in the body. During menopause estrogen levels decrease and this causes a plethora of menopausal symptoms. Ginkgo biloba also carries with it a variety of side effects linked with ginkgo bilobas effect when taken with other medications. This includes excessive bleeding when taken with warfarin and blood clotting when consumed in conjunction with medication for blood disorders.
Despite its benefits for menopausal women gingko biloba carries with it a variety of side effects and this is the reason the herb has come under a great deal of scrutiny. Like other phytoestrogenic herbs its benefits occur as a result of introducing plant-like hormones to replace lost natural ones. Such a process can affect the body in a myriad of ways. In addition to this menopausal women who are taking medication for ailments such as heart diseases or blood disorders may experience dangerous effects when taken in conjunction with ginkgo biloba.
- JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:281-286.